Mancunians urged to help Afghan refugees adjust to UK life as hotels reach capacity

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Clare Moseley, CEO of emergency aid charity Care 4 Calais, is asking Britons to be compassionate as 20,000 Afghan refugees resettle in the UK over the next five years. Ms Moseley says she has already seen how difficult it is for refugees to adjust to a new country after fleeing their home, with many having to leave their relatives behind.

Ms Moseley told MEN: “Everyone has seen the pictures on the television. They know they will be traumatised, exhausted, worried about friends and family back home. They will be living with that trauma.”

She is asking people to: “Imagine if you were suddenly dropped off in Afghanistan.

“All the smells, sights, sounds, are so incredibly foreign to you. The food is so different, there is a different alphabet, you would not know how to do anything. Then on top of that, you are told you have to spend the rest of your life here.”

She added that she “hopes that will help people to understand”.

It comes as more than 1,000 Afghan refugees have already resettled in Manchester and it is understood that three hotels in the city have reached full capacity.

The hotels being used have not been disclosed. 

Care 4 Calais has been collecting donations to help refugees and has raised more than £30,000 for ‘Afghan Welcome Packs’ containing clothes and toiletries.

Ms Moseley added that warm clothing is in high demand as Afghan’s struggle to acclimatise to the chilly British weather as we move towards the winter months.

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She said: “One thing we really noticed was that a few in the hotel had blankets draped around them. They will need coats and jumpers. Proper shoes will be a really big thing and realistically we will have to buy them.”

The charity has also ordered 500 headscarves and 500 prayer mats to ensure they “feel comfortable”.

Other organisations across the country, including Save the Children, UNICEF and British Red Cross, have made emergency appeals to help provide support and essential items to refugees and those still in Afghanistan.

It comes as world leaders will meet virtually this afternoon in an emergency G7 summit. Writing on Twitter, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the “urgent talks” were vital to ensure “safe evacuations” and to prevent a “humanitarian crisis”.

Additional reporting by Beth Abbit.

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